Jacob Turner, who was acquired from the Tigers for Anibal Sanchez two seasons ago, has designated for assignment by the Marlins, the club has announced. In a corresponding move, the team has recalled left-hander Brian Flynn from Triple-A.
This is certainly a surprising move by the Fish, given that Turner, at just 23-years-old, was at one point considered by some to be one of the game’s top prospects. While he hasn’t produced great results this season, with a 5.97 ERA, he has been hurt by a unusual .368 BABIP.
The Marlins likely won’t just let Jacob Turner go, so his situation should be watched closely. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the team try to trade him to a team that claims him on waivers. Though Turner was the key piece in the trade with the Tigers two seasons ago for Sanchez and Omar Infante, he has just 264 innings to his credit at the Major League level and won’t be arbitration-eligible until 2016.
If Turner is lost via trade, it is not as if the Marlins don’t have other young pitching prospects in the system, not to mention they have plenty of talent at the Major League level. Once Jose Fernandez returns next season, he along with Henderson Alvarez, Nathan Eovaldi, Jarred Cosart and either Anthony DeSclafani, Brad Hand, Andrew Heaney or Tom Koehler will give Miami plenty of rotation depth in 2015.
The Marlins added Cosart mere minutes before the trade deadline last Thursday, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see them us Turner as trade bait for either another pitching or offensive upgrade.